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Why was the GOP Congress a safe haven for child molestors?


GOP Staff Warned Pages About Foley in 2001
Resignation Could Jump-start Democratic Advantage

By MADDY SAUER and ANNA SCHECTER


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Oct. 1, 2006 — A Republican staff member warned Congressional pages five years ago to "watch out" for Congressman Mark Foley, according to a former page.

Matthew Loraditch, a page in the 2001-2002 class, told ABC News he and other pages were warned about Foley by a supervisor.

Loraditch, the president of the Page Alumni Association, said the pages were told "don't get too wrapped up in him being too nice to you and all that kind of stuff."

Staff members at the House clerk's office did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Some of the sexually explicit instant messages that led to Foley's abrupt resignation Friday were sent to pages in Loraditch's class.


Pages report to either Republican or Democratic supervisors, depending on the political party of the member of Congress who nominated them for the page program.


Several pages for members of Congress tell ABC News they received no such warnings about Foley, R-Fla.


Loraditch says the some of pages who "interacted" with Foley were hesitant to report his behavior because "members of Congress, they've got the power." Many of the pages were hoping for careers in politics and feared Foley might seek retribution.


Loraditch runs the alumni association for the US House Page Program and he is deeply concerned about the future effects this scandal could have on a program that he sees as a valuable educational experience for teens.

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Let's hope there is a real, quick, assessment of this issue in the next week or so. There is a horrendous stench surrounding this one and the country doesn't need a prolonged, weekly leak about another legislative child abuser's sordid doings for the next two years. But, then, we are talking about people who diddle kids, and others who think some of it may not be really illegal. Jim
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He is an American who happens to be gay.

Why the homophobia? The bigotry.

I think we should reserve judgement on this until he has a chance to go on Oprah like Jim McGreevey.

Her audience thought it was wonderful that Jim was able to start being true to himself.

Why do you hate gay Americans, FTL?

Why would you deny the rights of a young Gay American to be true to himself?

Obviously this was love, just like McGreevey and his lover from Israel (who now tells a different tale out of fear of bigots like you...just like the young lover in this story).

Can't you just let people be free to love one another?

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Let's hope there is a real, quick, assessment of this issue in the next week or so. There is a horrendous stench surrounding this one and the country doesn't need a prolonged, weekly leak about another legislative child abuser's sordid doings for the next two years. But, then, we are talking about people who diddle kids, and others who think some of it may not be really illegal. Jim
Hey, what this guy was doing was attempted sexual assault of a child. I'm sure we will be hearing shortly from the one's he got away with it on. But it brings up a serious legal issue. The Congressional leadership is demanding that Foley be charged with crimes. But at the same time, news reports are out that these same leaders were aware that Foley was trying to slip the old salami to tenth graders since 2001. If that is so, they themselves are guilty of crime, which is not reporting sex crimes against children, those crimes being lewd behavior with a minor and attempted sexual assault of a child. Man, is that ever some powerful political ammo or what?

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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Hey, what this guy was doing was attempted sexual assault of a child. I'm sure we will be hearing shortly from the one's he got away with it on. But it brings up a serious legal issue. The Congressional leadership is demanding that Foley be charged with crimes. But at the same time, news reports are out that these same leaders were aware that Foley was trying to slip the old salami to tenth graders since 2001. If that is so, they themselves are guilty of crime, which is not reporting sex crimes against children, those crimes being lewd behavior with a minor and attempted sexual assault of a child. Man, is that ever some powerful political ammo or what?
Another gay-bashing stooge of the left.

Save it for your Aryan Nation meetings.
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He is an American who happens to be gay.

Why the homophobia? The bigotry.

I think we should reserve judgement on this until he has a chance to go on Oprah like Jim McGreevey.

Her audience thought it was wonderful that Jim was able to start being true to himself.

Why do you hate gay Americans, FTL?

Why would you deny the rights of a young Gay American to be true to himself?

Obviously this was love, just like McGreevey and his lover from Israel (who now tells a different tale out of fear of bigots like you...just like the young lover in this story).

Can't you just let people be free to love one another?
Now, Dave you are really transparent. Was there any suggestion that Jim McGreevy was diddling kids? And, do you think this is limited to male members of Congress preying on underage boys, making it a homosexual issue? I suppose you think if he was diddling underage girls instead of boys, this would really be a big nothing, eh?

Your springing to the defense of the child molestor in the midst of your Party, especially with your tried and true methods of trying to distract attention and spread blame - suggesting your child molestor is no worse than some Democratic elected official who was dragged out of the closet and admitted he was gay - is really pathetic. I hope the Republican Party has the stones to throw you out. Jim
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Now, Dave you are really transparent. Was there any suggestion that Jim McGreevy was diddling kids? And, do you think this is limited to male members of Congress preying on underage boys, making it a homosexual issue? I suppose you think if he was diddling underage girls instead of boys, this would really be a big nothing, eh?

Your springing to the defense of the child molestor in the midst of your Party, especially with your tried and true methods of trying to distract attention and spread blame - suggesting your child molestor is no worse than some Democratic elected official who was dragged out of the closet and admitted he was gay - is really pathetic. I hope the Republican Party has the stones to throw you out. Jim
You are dragging this man who happens to be gay out and are calling him a child molester. His lovers are not children. They are human beings that FTL believes have the right to all manner of sexual exposure in schools, for example. What are you saying? Give them condoms, then tell them they can't "love"?

This is about your homophobia and bigotry. The more you deny it, the more guilty you are.
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Is all pedophilia OK, or just homosexual pedophilia?

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Trying to frame this as an "anti-gay" issue. What a craven piece of swamp muck.

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After watching "Meet the Press", I'm starting to think that Hastert and Boehner are going to be forced to resign before the week is out. This is going to be huge.

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